FREE MOVIE SCREENING – Roanoke, 30 October

“DISRUPTION” A New Climate-Change Movie 

Released On 07 September 2014

Disruption JPEG 2WHAT –  The movie “Disruption” is a new, fast paced, cinematic journey through the world of climate change.  Following the movie, there will be a  discussion among a panel of distinguished guests to answer questions.  Refreshments will be provided.

WHEN –  6:30 PM on 30 October 2014

WHERE –  The Jefferson Center, Fitzpatrick Hall, Roanoke, VA

COST –  Free



“When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads.The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.”

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Next-to-last supper

I used up the last of my SNAP allotment on Wednesday to buy a loaf of bread.  Two more days to go.  There was a potluck at a mission outreach meeting at my church last night, and I wanted to bring something since I was asking for scholarship money for our sister parish in Guatemala, but what to make out of leftovers?  Beans-And-Rice Girl Beans-And-Rice-Girlcame to my rescue once again.  She said, “There are plenty of apples and pears in the back yard.”

She was right:  here are some of them.  Backyard fruitAnd since she had an early release from school and I had to work all day, she turned them into a pie. Apple pie The pie unluckily spilled some of its warm sticky contents all over her only school clothes, but it was delicious!  The Mission Outreach committee shared their leftovers potluck leftovers with us, too, and Ina invited me to come see how the food pantry works.  Here is what I’ve learned so far: there is enough to go around if we can share.  And use a plastic glove for a crouton bag.


And best of all, Jeanne’s cranberry pie!



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Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater

We’re halfway through the SNAP challenge, and some people are posting pictures of their healthy breakfasts.  I had a Pop Tart and three cups of coffee.

It’s Farmers’ Market Day.  Yay!  But I’m going to holMyrtle, caught again.d back two of my dollars that could be four dollars in produce because I’m out of Pop Tarts.  And honestly, if it weren’t for friends giving me chocolate and granola bars, I’d be really hungry now.   And I cheated on this SNAP challenge by using coffee I bought last week instead of counting it in my food budget.   I’ve got leftover dinners in the refrigerator, so I’m not actually hungry.  I’m a whining spoiled first worlder who has no idea how to sustain herself in spite of her upcycled t-shirt shopping bags and rainwater toilets.   And I definitely would not have cats if I wanted to live sustainably.  But they do like pumpkin.

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Day Two of the SNAP Challenge

Farmers' Market produce from day one

The SNAP Challenge: spend only $32 for a week of food, plus $20 credit at the Farmers’ Market.  I thought it wouldn’t be so hard for me because I  don’t eat meat or cheese or drink wine or beer, and those are the expensive things, right? But even with an extra $10 worth of Farmers’ Market produce, apples from the back yard, and oils and spices I already had on hand, we’ve eaten most of it, I’m hungry, and we still have five days to go.

Also, I didn’t count the grocery money I spent on my cats, because if I were really eligible for SNAP, I couldn’t afford them.Agnes shops small.

Also, one of the cats ate the sweet potato biscuits I’d been saving for tomorrow night’s dinner. Grrrr…

Here is what I’ve purchased so far:

  • Acorn squash, 4 @ $2.25/lb
  • Butternut squash, $1.50/lb
  • One bag of spinach
  • One really delicious oatmeal raisin cookie, $2.25
  • One jar of sweet cherry jam, $5 (to go on the sweet potato biscuits)

Those items were $20 at the Farmers’ Market, and will not last me all week, so I also got a dozen eggs ($4.50) and some sweet potatoes ($1.34) from Eats, and PopTarts ($2.50), two cans of black beans ($1.00), and five pounds of unbleached flour ($1.87) from Food Lion–$11.87, so I’ve got 13 cents to last until Wednesday, when I can go to the Farmers’ Market again.

I’ve made two meals, which my three daughters ate with me–butternut squash soup, spinach salad and sweet potato biscuits, and vegan sweet potato chili, and I’ll have egg salad or sun butter sandwiches this week for lunch…oh, wait.  I didn’t account for the half a loaf of bread I already had in the cupboard, or the sun butter.

Also, I didn’t offer to host coffee hour at church this week because I couldn’t afford to, and this is the first time I’ve thought about hospitality being a privilege that is denied to many.  I had a nice conversation about this challenge with Jack and Larkin, this Sunday’s hosts, and they gave me some grapes to take home. IMG_0878 Jack also told me about a man from Hillsville he met while both were waiting for medical treatment in Pulaski.  The man from Hillsville said he had been to Pulaski three times that week without a penny in his pocket.  Jack asked him what he’d had to eat, and the man said he and his wife bought a pack of day-old rolls, and had been eating one a day with a small slice of tomato.  Tomatoes were on the list of foods Jack and the man were not supposed to eat while undergoing treatment, but what was the man to do?

My youngest daughter spent a cold, wet afternoon gleaning turnips in Riner, so some food pantry somewhere will have turnips.  We have an apple tree and a pear tree and a stove and a refrigerator to save what we can’t eat today, but the homeless man who sleeps at the library does not.

I’m going to pack my lunch now.  I will not be sharing it with my cats.

Darn cats ate my biscuits.

Darn cats ate my biscuits.

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